Turkish Delight Recipe


In this recipe , we’ll show you how to make Turkish delight


4 cups (805 g) sugar
1/2 cups (355 ml) water
3/4 cups (650 ml) water
3 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup (150 g) cornstarch
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp rose water
1/2 tsp strawberry extract
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp salt
8-10 drops red food coloring
1/2 cup (95 g) chopped pistachios
1/2 cup (56 g) powdered sugar
1/4 cup (30 g) cornstarch

How to make

In a large pot combine 4 cups of sugar with 1 1/2 cups of water the turn the heat on high and bring up to a boil

Turn the heat down slightly and continue cooking until the temperature reaches 240 F

Remove from the heat and you can optionally very carefully strain into a jug for easy pouring later and to remove any crystallized sugar that may have formed

Pour 2 3/4 cups of water into a separate pot then add 3 tbsp of lemon juice, 1/4 cups of cornstarch and 1 tsp of cream of tartar

Whisk this really well to ensure there are no lumps then turn the heat on high and continue
whisking constantly until this mixture thickens, this will take about 3-4 minutes

At this point you can start pouring in the sugar syrup gradually,mixing in between each pour until it’s all incorporated

Cook the mixture over medium heat for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally until the colour darkens slightly

Now it’s time to add flavours! Traditionally Lokum is flavoured with rosewater but since many don’t like the taste, you can leave it out of your version

Instead you might like to use fruit extracts like strawberry and orange plus a little salt to enhance the flavours

The food colouring is also optional but it definitely makes it pretty

Remove from the heat and pour half the mixture into a greased and lined 8X8 inch glass dish then spread out to cover the bottom. You can now sprinkle on chopped nuts if desired, we went with pistachios but walnuts or almonds would also be great then pour on the remaining mixture

Once it’s spread out evenly, place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour to overnight

Once chilled, combine powdered sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl

Turkish delight is sticky stuff so this is going to help you cut and handle

Sprinkle a couple scoops of the mixture onto the chilled lokum and spread out to cover the top

Now for the moment of truth, if made correctly, the Turkish delight should slowly fall right out of the dish when flipped over. If this doesn’t happen don’t worry though,you can use a knife to cut around the edges and help coax it out

Sprinkle with more sugar and cornstarch mixture then cut into small pieces using a knife also dusted with the mixture. Be very liberal with the sugar and cornstarch is basically what I’m saying here, you don’t want the Turkish delight sticking to your cutting board or knife

Once sliced, toss the pieces in the remaining cornstarch and sugar